Second measles case forces Allegheny County health dept. to issue alert

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Allegheny County health officials are urging residents to report any illness associated with fever and rash after a second case of measles occurred in the county in the past month.

The county Health Department said it is not known whether the two measles cases are related.

In the latest case, the Health Department has notified the person's workplace and doctors' offices, and it has identified three other places where exposure to the disease might have occurred:

* At an office building at 2790 Mosside Blvd. in Monroeville, main lobby or elevator, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 16.

* Berry Quool, a yogurt store on Allegheny River Boulevard in Oakmont, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., May 17

* Citizen's Bank Building, 525 William Penn Place, Downtown, main lobby and elevator from 9 to 11 a.m. or 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., last Monday; or from 9 to 11 a.m. or 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday.

Symptoms of the disease can begin seven to 21 days after exposure and include a runny nose, red and watery eyes, cough and fever. After four days, a raised red rash starts on the face and spreads downward to the neck, torso and extremities. The rash usually lasts four to seven days.

People who are exhibiting measles symptoms and have visited one of the above locations of possible exposure should contact their primary care provider immediately and to avoid any office, urgent care center or emergency room to minimize the risk of exposing others, health officials said.

Those susceptible to the measles virus are people who have not been immunized, especially anyone born after 1957 who hasn't received two doses of the measles vaccine MMR, people with compromised immune systems due to disease or medication, and pregnant women, according to health officials.

Resulting complications can include pneumonia, ear infection, diarrhea, inflammation of the brain and even death. It can also cause miscarriages or premature delivery in pregnant women.

Health care providers who suspect measles should call the Health Department at 412-687-2243.


Clarece Polke: cpolke@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1889 or on Twitter @clarepolke.

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